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Korean viola bows$ 70.00
Sturdy beginner bow with wooden frog. Available for full size viola.
Va68, Unstamped “Schumann”, China, early twenty-first century$ 365.00
This well-finished, silver-mounted, Chinese viola bow is marketed under the “Schumann” brand, although the stick itself is not stamped. The workmanship is very clean, and the pearl slide is particularly attractive. The stick, made from “Ipe” wood, a fine-grained alternative to pernambuco, is very steady on the string, articulates well and has a strong, clear spiccato. Silver mounts on a bow of this price is remarkably good value for money.
Start sale price: $365.00
Bow weight: 70.6 grams
“Dörfler” #8, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 390.00
The Brazilwood for these well-made student bows is Massaranduba, a particularly strong, hard species. As a result, the stick has very good playing characteristics for the price. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and elegant Parisian eyes. Founded by Aegidius Dörfler four generations ago, “Dörfler” is still owned and operated by the Dörfler family, and produce a wide range of good-quality bows.
“Dörfler” #15, Bubenreuth, Germany$ 520.00
These well-made intermediate student bows are of pernambuco. The fully-lined African ebony frogs are finished with nickel mounts and pearl eyes, and have a three-piece button. Founded by Aegidius Dörfler four generations ago, “Dörfler” is still owned and operated by the Dörfler family, and produce a wide range of good-quality bows.
C408 Unstamped viola bow, European, late nineteenth century$ 1,295.00
This unstamped, round, European viola bow has silver mounts and a hybrid version of the
Vuillaume” frog, giving it good stability at the handle. Extensively restored in our bow workshop, the bow has a good blend of playing characteristics, combining steadiness in fast legato passages, precise articulation and an excellent spiccato. It is priced remarkably well for a silver-mounted bow.
Start sale price: $1295.00
S406 Richard Grünke, Bubenreuth, Germany, mid-twentieth century$ 5,000.00
Richard Grünke is one of Germany’s most prestigious modern bow makers. After training with Edwin Hermann and the H.R. Pfretzschner workshop, he joined the Roderick Paesold workshops, where he was their master bow maker for over twenty years. This fine, silver-mounted viola bow, made during that period, is stamped with Grünke’s name; the frog also bears the shield symbol containing his initials which he used at that time. The strong, octagonal stick is made from selected pernambuco, and is both steady and responsive. This bow would suit a professional player or advanced student planning for a career as a viola player.
Start sale price: $5,000.00
Bow weight: 67.1 grams
S312 “Beare” London, late twentieth century$ 6,000.00
This fine viola bow was made by Tim Baker, the last bow maker to be trained and employed by W.E. Hill and Sons. Baker then joined the workshop staff at J. and A. Beare in 1984, where he focussed on bow making, bow restoration and the study of old bows. The influence of the great nineteenth century French bow makers, particularly Peccatte, is visible in this bow: an elongated octagonal section extends forward into the otherwise round stick and the head is carved in a clear, somewhat angular style. At 71.4 grams, the bow is of moderate weight, with a smooth but responsive playing action.